My husband and I stayed at this beautiful condo from Dec. 11-18, 2013. Our trip to Kona was so amazing, but what we will remember the MOST were the waves crashing on the lava. With the windows/screens open all day you could hear the waves 24 hours a day. It was so breathtaking to watch them hit the lava rocks below the pool area. Each day a cruise ship would come in on the horizon in the morning and leave in the evening. Surfers and boogie boarders would enjoy the waves on the weekend. We saw turtles, spinner dolphins, TONS of yellow fish, kayakers, amazing sunrises and sunsets all from the lanai of this condo. LOVED the windows on two sides of the condo. The gardens in the condo villa were very beautiful and very well kept.
The condo had everything we needed. The coffee maker came in handy every morning as we enjoyed our Kona coffee. There were beach mats, beach towels, and a cooler to use when we went out daily to explore this Paradise. The BEST item in the condo was the book "Hawaii The Big Island Revealed" by Andrew Doughty. It was extremely helpful and we used MANY of his suggestions to visit the top places on the Big Island. He was right ON with his directions and explanations! I would definitely take that with you each day you go out.
We were able to enjoy a Christmas parade in downtown Kona while we were there also. Many restaurants, shops, activities were so close to our condo. Snorkeling was amazing along each beach shoreline. Snorkel Bob's rented gear for $9 a week, a great bargain!
Besides snorkeling, our favorite activity was going up to Volcanoes National Park and seeing Mt. Kilauea at night, as well as during the day. The Hawaiian Botanical Garden along the road to the Volcanoes National Park was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Would highly recommend doing that!!
The condo's scenic view was definitely it's greatest feature. While some condos may have been more modernly decorated, this one had THE VIEW! It was also extremely nice to have a second sink in the bedroom as well as an air conditioner. We would turn that on at night on low to cool us down and to drown out the waves so we could sleep better.
We made sure we kept ALL food in the fridge. If you don't, little itty bitty ants will find it. I would highly recommend this condo to anyone, and we will most certainly be back again! Kathie was extremely helpful & prompt with her emails.
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Owner's Response: Wow!! You make me want to be there right now!! Yes, over the years of going to Kona, I've looked for the "perfect" spot for sunset and photos... but I ALWAYS go back to Kona Riviera and realize that this IS the best spot! There is something very magical about Kona Riviera - the quiet, the stunning black lava and aqua water!! So, I'm glad you get it like I do! Hope to have you come back again! Thanks for your kind words!
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